PICTURES FROM THE FAIRFIELD INN IN CHESAPEAKE , VIRGINIA

For once when I did a 30 Plus Teams Tour , there wasn’t a sporting event that I was going to see.

Instead, I went with my auntie to a funeral of her friend in Chesapeake, Virginia.

I had never been to this area of Virginia before, which is known as the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

Some of the cities here are Norfolk, Virginia Beach , Suffolk, Hampton, Portsmouth, Newport News and Chesapeake .

To get to many of these cities , you have to go through tunnels, a lot of them.

One of them, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, is one of the longest bridges in the United States and takes an hour to go through.

We stayed at the Fairfield Inn by Marriott Hotel in Chesapeake , Virginia .

It’s a nice hotel but you definitely need a car to get around.

No restaurant is there but can’t beat those free breakfasts and the fact that every room has a microwave, coffeemaker and a refrigerator .

Here are some pictures of the hotel.

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GOING THROUGH THE TUNNELS IN EASTERN VIRGINIA

I recently took a trip down to Virginia with my auntie for the funeral of a close friend of hers .

I didn’t know the lady but as my auntie isn’t well, somebody had to go with her.

An uber took us down there, it was actually a car driven by my cousin’s boyftiend, who just happens to be an uber driver.

We started out at 8:30am and got to Chesapeake , Virginia at 4:30pm.

The part of Virginia that I know is closest to Washington DC, you know Richmond, Alexandria, Arlington.

We were going past these cities.

We were going to what’s known as the Eastern Shore of Virginia .

That’s cities like Virginia Beach , Norfolk, Portsmouth, Hampton and Chesapeake .

To get to these cities, you have to go through a lot of tunnels.

One of which is the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, which has to be one of the longest tunnels in the United States .

It takes an hour to get through this tunnel, which starts above the Chesapeake Bay, goes underneath it, and back above it.

Just when you thought you were out of this tunnel and entering the city of Virginia Beach , that would be a nope .

You have to go through another section of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, called the Thumble Shoals Channel Tunnel .

After you leave this tunnel, you’re in the really beautiful city of Virginia Beach .

I was stunned at the houses along the Chesapeake Bay and I thought how would I survive living in a beautiful house that is THAT CLOSE to the water.

As if going through those tunnels were fascinating enough, there was another tunnel to go through when we got to Norfolk, Virginia.

It was the Merimac- Monitor Bridge.

Norfolk, Virginia is known for their ship building not only in this century but during the time of the Civil War.

The bridge is a nod to the Civil War history of the area.

The Merimac and Monitor were two ships that did battle in the Civil War.

If I knew how to drive, one of the places I would drive to would be this area.

If you happen to go down to Virginia, go see Richmond the capital by all means.

But make it a point to visit the Eastern Shore of Virginia, you’ll be surprised how different it is from the cities in Virginia that are a little more familiar .

The area is a little more rural, and you’ll be able to go through all those tunnels .

WHY I VOTE

Today, November 6, 2018 is Election Day in the United States and the territories.

It’s not the presidential election, which happens every four years, but what’s called midterm elections for governors , senators, judges, and state attorney generals.

Some states have what’s called “early voting”, in which you don’t have to wait until the normal election day, which is normally on the first or second Tuesday in November.

For the past three years I have worked as an Election Poll Worker from the hours of 5 AM until 10PM.

Polls in the state of New York open from 6am until 9pm and if someone is in line to vote at 9:05, they MUST vote, they aren’t turned away by a New York policeman, who are at the poling places to see that order is restored and to make sure there’s no monkey business going on.

I have been a registered voter since 1971, when it became legal for 18 year olds to vote in the United States .

There was only one time that I didn’t vote .

That was the election of Richard Nixon in 1972.

I was disappointed in all the dirty tricks that was going on.

I told many family members after it was over and Nixon basically beat the crap out of George McGovern that I would never vote again that I was so disgusted with politics.

That didn’t sit well with my parents and my aunts and uncles.

It’s because of them that I have voted in EVERY election since.

My grandparents and my parents until they moved to New York City in the 1930’s when they had my sister and brother , couldn’t vote in the United States .

They weren’t born in Europe, Canada, the Carribean or one of those “Shit Hole African Countries ” that my president talked about.

Nope, my parents came from those “foreign cities” of Sumter , South Carolina and Oxford, Waxhaw County, North Carolina .

Sumter is near Charleston , South Carolina , where the first shots of the Civil War were fired and Waxhaw County, North Carolina is the home of President Andrew Jackson .

Very ironic because my mama was part Cherokee Indian .

I vote because they couldn’t .

I think of how proud they would have been to see so many politicians of color running for public office, especially in the South.

I was away for three days and I’m very tired.

But I’m not too tired to do something that my relatives, who were born here tried to, but couldn’t do for the most part.

That’s why I vote.

WHAT ‘ S IN MY SUITCASE

The sports diva is going on another trip to begin the month of November and for once, there’s no sports involved.

I’m going to a family function down South.

Where to?

You’ll just have to wait to see where.

In the meantime , these are some of the things that are in my suitcase for this weekend trip.

My trusty backpack that looks like it doesn’t fit much, but it does.

My grey hat from the Rainbow Shops here in New York City .

Because it’s cold here in the east, my scarf and coat from Rainbow shops and a thrift store.

My Kate Spade bag from Macy’s, my sneakers from my cousin and the black socks from Rainbow Shops .

All jewelry is from the Rainbow Shops and this hoodie is from a thrift store.

Black booties from a fashion catalog , Midnight Velvet

Since I’m travelling by car, I need my Hello Kitty blanket from the Hello Kitty store in NY . Don’t judge me guys.

My sweats from a store called Where Did I buy these from again?

Leggings and black sweater from Rainbow Shops and black dress from my auntie.

MY 30 PLUS TEAMS TOUR BUCKET LIST UPDATE – 144 NOW

Last year I did a post about my bucket list.

At that time, I had 150 of them.

Now I’m down to 144 of them.

That’s right, I’ve done six of them .

So in no particular order, here’s my updated bucket list.

1. Visiting Halifax , Nova Scotia

2. Trying Ice Wines in Canada

3. Going to Banff , Alberta because the name sounds so wicked cool .

4. Walking through Stanley Park in Vancouver , Canada

5. Walking down Broadway in Nashville , Tennessee

6. Visiting the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville , Tennessee

7. Visiting the home of President Andrew Jackson , The Hermitage in Nashville .

8. Visiting Graceland in Memphis , Tennessee

9. Visiting the home of Molly Brown in Denver . She was one of the survivors of the Titanic

10. Riding on the Atlanta Observation Wheel , called The Atlanta Eye.

11. Visiting the Mob Museum in Las Vegas , Nevada

12. Riding the High Roller Observation Wheel in Las Vegas

13. Walking down the Las Vegas Strip in winter when there’s a few tourists.

14. Visiting the Ben and Jerry’s ice cream plant in Burlington , Vermont

15. Attending a Cleveland Cavaliers basketball game. Should be wicked easy to get tickets now that Lebron has taken his talents to Los Angeles

16. Visiting Salem , Massachusetts

17. Riding through the Detroit to Windsor , Ontario , Canada tunnel

18. Attending an Atlanta Falcons football game

19. Attending a Detroit Red Wings game at the Little Caesars Arena in downtown Detroit, Michigan

20. Seeing the Grand Canyon

21. Visiting Lake Louise in Canada

22. Attending a Toronto Raptors basketball game

23. Eating a bagel in New York City and Montreal and seeing the differences

24. Seeing the Hoover Dam

25. Visiting the Civil Rights Museum in Birmingham , Alabama

26. Visiting Newport, Rhode Island and seeing how the other half lived back in the day

27. Walking down Beale Street in Memphis

28. Visiting the Museum of Human Rights in Winnepeg, Canada

29. Visiting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland

30. Visiting the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown , New York

31. Seeing Pearl Harbor

32. Seeing the Civil War monuments in Vicksburg , Mississippi

33. Taking a ride on the Montreal Subway , the Metro

34. Riding on all the streetcars in New Orleans

35. Visiting the “Rose City”, aka Portland , Oregon

36. Attending an Indianapolis Colts football game

37. Drinking Mint Juleps and wearing my fancy hat at the Kentucky Derby

38. Visiting Mackinac Island, Michigan where no cars are allowed

39. Attending the Calgary Stampede

40. Going on a cruise to Alaska, even though I’m not really a ship person

41. Spending a day at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis , Maryland

42. Visiting Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada

43. Visiting Jackson Hole, Wyoming and getting my cowgirl on

44. Attending a New England Patriots game in Foxboro , Massachusetts

45. Visiting Yellowstone National Park

46. Looking elegant at the Casino Du Montreal

47. Spending time in Albuquerque , New Mexico

48. Visiting Catalina Island in California

49. Taking a tour of Alcatraz

50. Spending time in Santa Barbara , California

51. Visiting the gravesite of Doctor Martin Luther King in Atlanta

52. Spending a day with the animals at the Washington National Zoo.

53. Seeing where JFK was shot in Dallas

54. Seeing the home of Robert E. Lee at Arlington , Virginia

55. Reliving history at Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia

56. Going to the John Heinz History Museum in Pittsburgh

57. Attending a Montreal Canadiens hockey game in Montreal

58. Getting a history lesson at The Alamo in San Antonio

59. Visiting some of the lighthouses in Maine

60. Walking through the Kennedy Center in Washington DC

61. Attending the Sundance Film Festival in Utah

62. Going to Aspen , Colorado in the winter

63. Having some barbecue in either Kansas City , Texas, North Carolina , Memphis or St Louis

64. Going to visit Fort Sumter where the Civil War started

65. Eating at Paula Deen’s restaurant in Savanah , Georgia

66. Going to Chase Field and attending a Arizona Diamondbacks baseball game in Phoenix

67. Going to Quebec City and soaking up French Canadian culture

68. Tasting Maple Syrup in Vermont

69. Understanding Civil War history in Gettysburg

70. Visiting the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City

71. Attending an authentic luau in Hawaii.

72. Riding on the Monongahela and Duquesne inclines in Pittsburgh

73. Spending the day at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana

74. Taking a sightseeing tour of Chicago riding on the Chicago River

75. Paying my respect at the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial

76. Attending the Iditarod Dog Race in Alaska

77. Seeing all the neighborhoods in New Orleans not just the French Quarter

78. Visiting the Butchard Gardens in Victoria, Canada

79. Eating a hot dog at The Varsity in Atlanta and a Half Smoke at Ben’s Chili Bowl in Washington DC

80. Visiting the Philadelphia Museum of Art but not running up the stairs like Rocky did in the movies. That’s not an option.

81. Visiting Little Havana in Miami

82. Getting my sexy on at South Beach, Florida

83. Attending a Winnepeg Jets hockey game

84. Visiting Louisville , Kentucky

85. Visiting the Supreme Court in Washington DC

86. Going to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio

87. Attending a Fourth of July concert in either Washington DC , Philadelphia or Boston .

88. Going to Miller Park in Milwaukee and attending a Milwaukee Brewers baseball game

89. Attending a US Open tennis match here in New York

90. Spending the day in Richmond , Virginia

91. Taking a tour of Lambeau Field and attending a Green Bay Packers football game

92. Spending the day at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York

93. Seeing the Civil War monuments at Stone Mountain , Georgia

94. Taking a ride on The Maid of The Mist and seeing Niagara Falls close up

95. Visiting Cincinnati and seeing the Underground Railroad Museum

96. As I am part Cherokee Indian on my mother’s side, I want to see some of “The Trail of Tears”, where the Cherokee Nation was forcibly moved from North Carolina to what became the state of Oklahoma .

97. Visiting the Great Blacks In Wax Museum in Baltimore

98. Seeing the “Bean Sculpture ” in Chicago

99. Getting up close and personal with “Sue” the T Rex at the Field Museum in Chicago

100. Attending the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City

101. Seeing the Space Needle in Seattle

102. Seeing the Riverwalk in San Antonio

103. Going to the Indianapolis 500 car race

104. Living the glamorous life for a day or two in Palm Springs , California

105. Eating some real Tex- Mex food in San Antonio

106. Going to a Chicago Cubs baseball game and tour Wrigley Field

107. Visiting the Johnson Space Center in Houston

108. Seeing the Charles Wright Museum in Detroit

109. Eating some seafood and watching the fish “fly” at Pike Place Market in Seattle

110. Catching some “rays” in Fort Lauderdale , Florida

111. Visiting “The U”, the University of Miami

112. Attending a Seattle Seahawks football game

113. Learn Colonial history in Williamsburg , Virginia

114. Going to University of Pittsburg and visiting “The Nationality Rooms”.

115. Going on a Hurricane Katrina Tour in New Orleans

116. Visiting the Ohio State University campus in Columbus

117. Going on a caleche ride in Old Montreal

118. Seeing Mount Rushmore close up

119. Visting the unfinished but still majestic statue of Crazy Horse in South Dakota

120. Attending a Vegas Golden Knights hockey game in Las Vegas

121. Walking around Lower Downtown Denver, known as LoDo.

122. Taking a carriage ride in Charleston , South Carolina

123. Visiting Myrtle Beach , South Carolina

124. Visiting any city in the state of Montana just to admire the beauty of the state.

125. Taking an Amtrak train from Northern California all the way to San Diego in Southern California

126. Going to an Oklahoma City Thunder basketball game

127. Looking at as many stars as I can while walking on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

128. Going to the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena , California

129. Visiting the George W. Bush Museum and Library in Dallas

130. Taking a trolley from San Diego to Tijuana, Mexico

131. Walking down Lombard Street in San Francisco

132. Eating all kinds of food in New Orleans

133. Visiting the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs , Colorado

134. Try to visit some of the plantations in the South

135. Looking at the colorful houses in San Francisco known as “pink ladies”.

136. Visiting Prince Edward Island in Canada

137. Shopping like crazy at the West Edmonton Mall

138. Can’t forget shopping at the Mall of America in Bloomington , Minnesota

139. Visiting Mount Vernon , the home of George Washington

140. Visiting the Library of Congress in Washington DC

141. Visiting Monticello , the home of Thomas Jefferson in Charlottesville, Virginia

142. Going to a Columbus Blue Jackets hockey game just to see and hear that humongous cannon at the Nationwide Arena.

143. Taking a tour of the United States Capitol Building

144. Attending a Ohio State and University of Michigan football game. It doesn’t matter whether it’s at the “Big House” in Ann Arbor or ” The Horseshoe ” in Columbus, the Sports Diva wants to be there.

These are the things left on my bucket list .

What are some of the things left on your bucket list?

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